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National Issues, Local Impact

How Indie Lens Pop-Up, filmmakers, and PBS stations gather communities.

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Using Data to Measure Impact

How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world?

Connected thousands of emerging and seasoned racial justice leaders through screenings of The Black Panthers in 90 cities.

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 50,000 attendees and counting.

Partnering with organizations in eight countries, this global campaign uses storytelling to create social change—from increasing girls’ access to education to reducing child marriage and gender-based violence.

For Educators

Get free access to innovative, standards-aligned digital resources and streaming content based on our award-winning documentaries.

From our blog

  1. Filmmakers Provide Insight on Taking Risks at Winter 2020 Independents Summit

    March 2, 2020

    What risks are worth taking? Last week, at the ITVS Independents Winter Summit, storytellers and thought leaders came together from all over the country, and beyond, to explore the inherent risks and pressures facing the documentary industry. It was a support group, a safe space, an information-gathering marathon and a networking event all at once.We

  2. Exploring the Risks Worth Taking at ITVS Independents Summit Winter 2020

    February 6, 2020

    ITVS Independents Summit is week-long convening for storytellers and thought leaders to explore the inherent risks and pressures facing the documentary industry.

  3. Jon Olshefski's Fire for QUEST

    January 23, 2020

    Jonathan Olshefski’s ITVS-supported QUEST (Open Call, 2015) follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey, Christine’a “Ma” Rainey, their daughter PJ, and Christine’a’s older son William over almost a decade in North Philadelphia. Deeply intimate, the film begins by focusing on the family’s involvement in their community—Quest’s name comes from his rap